I’m proud to present the newest entry to the Get Help catalog; the first song that we’ve finished since the release of ‘The Good Green Earth’. Now that the media hoopla has faded and we’ve completed our exhaustive 2-city tour, it’s exciting to get back to the simple task of writing and recording songs. I ended up spending 4 1/2 months of on-again off-again work on ‘Weightless’.
This song is as much an exercise as it is a song; it’s influenced heavily by Brian Eno’s “On Some Faraway Beach”, which takes a musical idea and repeats it while building the song by adding layer after layer. (If Get Help does anything consistently, it’s to draw direct inspiration from our most beloved songs of the last 20 years.) The Eno song is one of my favorites of all time, and I’ve always wanted to create something similar that can sound interesting while being repetitive. I got a huge assist from our bass player John van Atta, who contributed this fantastic bass line and the bridge, earning his first Get Help co-writing credit, which will doubtlessly bring him good fortune and accolade.
The time-suck came from trying to mix this song. Tony and I thought we were on to something when he set his big amp to ’2′ and I set my small amp to ’7′ for loud shows. I got in a little bit over my head, and there were definitely times where I thought I was sailing down a river to kill Colonel Kurtz before I could finish it. But it’s done.
While I’m being a musical nerd, I’d like to point out that John’s bass line was inspired by Eric Judy’s bass playing on ‘The Lonesome Crowded West’. Have you ever listened to the record just for what Eric does? Probably not. Excuse my nerdiness.
Anyway, we’ll spend a little less time on the next blog entry. This is one for maximum volume and headphones. Hope you like it.